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Light the shoebox and throw it in the toilet!
  — Joel


The Short

The Home Economics Story

Synopsis

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Kay wants to go to Iowa State College and major in home economics. She and her friends have a great time in school and learn about the diverse careers that a degree in Home Economics can lead to.

Information

The Movie

Main article: The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (film)

Synopsis

A group of Viking women set out to find the men of their tribe, who have been lost at sea. They encounter a group of barbarians and a vicious sea serpent.

The Episode

Host Segments

Joel loves waffles

Prologue: Joel really likes waffles, and he tries to convince the Bots of all his wonderful recipes.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Mads Meat Re-Animator brings a dead chicken back to life. Joel makes an iron that turns waffles into pancakes.

Segment Two: Joel re-programs the Bots into his waffle obsession. Then says "Oh Dear God! What HAVE I DONE!"

Waffles!

Segment Three: Just one word: "Waffles."

Segment Four: Willy the Waffle presents the ideas of a waffle-free world after Servo eats one too many.

Segment Five: Joel and the Bots sing the "Waffle Song"! In Deep 13, Dr. F is tired of all the waffle talk.

Even more waffles!

Stinger: "But you don't understand! I'M A PRINCE!"

MST3K cast

Notes

  • The opening credits get their first change since season 2 (changing something that's been the same since season 1): the shot from The Crawling Eye is replaced with a shot of Godzilla riding his tail from Godzilla vs. Megalon (with the shadowrama at the bottom taken from this episode's short).
  • Segment Three is the second shortest host segment ever in the show's history (the first being Hangar 18). It was omitted entirely for some syndicated airings.
  • Willy the Waffle is a tribute to Coily from the short A Case of Spring Fever. The Brains had wanted to use Spring Fever for years, but didn't get the rights until the show's final season. Willy pops up again in Bride of the Monster.
  • This episode aired sixth during Turkey Day '92.
  • The whiny Prince Senja's signature line "I aaaaaaaaam a Grimwald warrior!" would become a recurring riff in later episodes, typically put into the mouth of similarly difficult-to-take-seriously villain characters.

Callbacks

  • A lot of references to Teenage Cave Man and how it and Viking Women have similar-looking locations.
  • "The Word is the Law and the Law is the word" (Teenage Cave Man)
  • At one point, Servo starts referring to the dark-haired woman, Enger, as "Creepy Girl", the woman he developed a crush on from Catalina Caper. Judging by his reaction, it seems he still has feelings for her.
  • Hi-keeba! (Women of the Prehistoric Planet)

Obscure References

  • "Is that so wrong?!"

Joel is echoing Harvey Fierstein's plangent cry from the play Torch Song Trilogy, which was adapted into a film in 1988. The line would also be used by Jon Lovitz's parody of Fierstein in several sketches on Saturday Night Live.

  • "Just like Iwo Jima"

The shot of the women raising the boat's mast is reminiscent of the iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal.

  • "Two Years Before the Mast."

Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir about a two-year sea voyage by Richard Henry Dana Jr. A film adaptation of the same name was released in 1946.

  • "Oh, look, it says 'S.S. Minnow' on it."

The S. S. Minnow is the name of the seagoing boat that ran aground on an uncharted desert isle, stranding the crew and passengers on the 1960s TV sitcom Gilligan's Island.

  • "It's okay! Just do what Harvey Mackay says: Swim with the sharks!"

Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive is a book by Harvey Mackay.

  • "That's not a shark. It's a rock lobster!"

"It wasn't a rock. It was a rock lobster" are lyrics from song "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's.

  • "Call me Ishmael."

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick opens with the line, "Call me Ishmael."

  • "Take your hands off her!" "You damn dirty ape!"

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" is a quote from Planet of the Apes (1968).

  • "It's Uncommon Viking Women and Others."

Uncommon Women and Others is a 1977 play about a group of women meeting for lunch and talking about their time together in college. It was adapted into a TV movie in 1978.

  • "We'll be together again." "Don't know where. Don't know when."

A reference to lyrics in the song "We'll Meet Again", made famous by Vera Lynn.

  • "Football practice!"

"Football practice!" is a notable line from the horror movie Shocker.

  • "Our Bodies, Ourselves..."

Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book about women's health written from a feminist perspective.

  • "The Bell Jar..."

The Bell Jar is a roman à clef about mental illness written by Sylvia Plath.

  • "She consulted Robert McNamara!"

Robert McNamara was the U.S. Secretary of Defense throughout much of the Vietnam War.

  • "Then she raced down to the Jean-Luc Godard Festival at the campus theatre!"

Jean-Luc Godard is a French filmmaker who first made a name for himself during the New Wave.

  • "The Group!"

The Group is a 1966 film about female college graduates.

  • "And they started by taking over the administration building!"

A reference to the Columbia University protests of 1968, in which student radicals occupied various campus offices.

  • "Here's a young Judy Chicago!"

Judy Chicago is a feminist conceptual artist.

  • "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?"

A line from the Frank Zappa song "Camarillo Brillo".

  • "Here, Carol Bly explains her principles!"

Carol Bly was a Minnesota writer known for her creative-writing workshops.

  • "...meeting with Helen Gurley Brown..."

Helen Gurley Brown was the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

  • "Estes Kefauver!"

Estes Kefauver was a U.S. senator from Tennessee, best known for overseeing a series of hearings on organized crime.

  • "...Gwildor and Stridor took Frodo to Rivendell."

Gwildor and Stridor are characters from the Masters of the Universe media franchise, while Frodo is a character and Rivendell a prominent location from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series of books (and films since the release of this episode). It's possible that "Stridor" was an over-enunciated take on "Strider", another Lord of the Rings character.

  • "IT IS BALLOON!!"

A reference to an episode of the TV sitcom F-Troop.

  • "You! What's the Fifth General Order?!"

The 5th General Order of the Unites States Marine Corps is "Never quit my post until properly relieved."

  • "It says 'piggy' on the wall."

A reference to the Charles Manson Family, who wrote the word "piggy" in blood on one of the walls after they murdered some of their victims.

  • "There's bars and punch in the fellowship hall..."

Refers to a light meal served after a funeral. A common occurrence in the upper mid-west.

  • "The wet head is dead."

A hairspray television commercial slogan advocating the 'dry' look over a greased-back men's hairstyle.

  • "I love my dead gay son!"

A line from the 1989 black comedy Heathers, in which teenage outcast Jason Dean murders two football players who constantly torment him and other unpopular kids. As posthumous humiliation, Dean stages the scene to appear as though they committed suicide due to being gay. At the pair's joint funeral, the father of one of them eulogizes his son with this line.

  • "At 11:15 the old cook came on deck and said women, it's been good to know ya."

Paraphrases a line from Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Another paraphrased version of the same line would be used during Experiment #909.

  • "Play 'Whipping Post'!"

"Whipping Post" is a song by The Allman Brothers Band, most famously immortalized on their classic live album At Fillmore East.

  • "Why must they laugh at my mighty sword?"

Paraphrase of a lyric by Randy Newman from his 1974 song "A Wedding in Cherokee County": 'She will laugh at my mighty sword/Why must everybody laugh at my mighty sword?'

  • "She really got under your skin, didn't she Mr. Kaplan."

A reference to a quote from the movie North by Northwest, wherein Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) is speaking with Roger Thornhill/George Kaplan (Cary Grant) about Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint).

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